Commercial safety gear requirments for BFT fishery

Discussion in 'Sportfishing Regulations and Legislation' started by Billyclub, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. Billyclub

    Billyclub Junior member

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for information regarding vessel and personal safety gear required for commercial fishing
  2. MHD Tuna

    MHD Tuna Active Member

    I believe it varies by state but when I was a mate on a boat out of mass the boat was required to have a commercial license as well as a survival suit for every man aboard, an offshore life raft and an epirb.

  3. DenisB

    DenisB Senior Member

    the vessel has to meet survey engineering standards ( higher than typical recreational fishing vessels)
    safety equipment requirements are also higher than for recreational vessels
    Manning requirements vary with the vessel size, engine power & area of operations ( Skipper , engineer & deck crew ).
    Requirements vary between State & federal jurisdictions & depends on the fishery you are interested in engaging in.

    contact your local commercial fisheries administration & talk to them regarding contacts for maritime requirements for the fishery of interest.
  4. MissSara

    MissSara Member